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Over 40 percent of America’s top cancer researchers are immigrants

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After examining approximately 1,500 biographies of cancer researchers, the National Foundation for American Policy found that 42 percent of researchers at the U.S. top seven cancer research centers are foreign-born.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has the highest percentage of foreign-born researchers at 62 percent. In 2012, MD Anderson ranked number one cancer treatment facility in the U.S for patients. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, also one of the nation’s leading cancer research institutions, 56 percent of the researchers are immigrants. At Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, 44 percent of the researchers are foreign-born. At Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Center, 35 percent, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 33 percent, at the University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, 32 percent, and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 30 percent of the researchers are immigrants.

These researchers come from 56 countries around the world. The leading country of origin for cancer researchers is China (21 percent), followed by India (10 percent), Germany (7 percent), Canada (7 percent), and the United Kingdom (6 percent).

The report also found that four foreign-born cancer researchers have won the Nobel Prize. Elizabeth Blackburn, born in Tasmania, Australia won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009. Baruj Benacerraf, born in Italy, won in 1980, and Carl and Gerty Cori, husband and wife, born in Austria-Hungary, received the award in 1947.

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